Old and Rambling kicks off 2018 visit in Mumbai.

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#31 Oct 28th, 2018, 22:07
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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post Had another nice walk around today.

Having only just realized, thanks to arrosh, that my train departs from Mumbai Central, which I have never used before, I thought I would check it out in preparation for leaving tomorrow.
Lol..you look decades younger without the beard.
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Originally Posted by kmalik View Post O&R - You might want to google it but sugarcane juice is perfectly safe for diabetic person! It has a low glycemic index and is actually good for a diabetic person (in moderation, of course).
When I was a child it was recommended for recovery from jaundice
No idea if general physicians still follow this
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Originally Posted by ukdoctor View Post Lol..you look decades younger without the beard.
I think the hat helps, as it hides my balding head, but even the eyebrows are turning grey... Not to worry, the alternative to getting older is a lot worse.

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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post Hi, I intend to leave on Monday, so three days to explore!

Nothing specific on the radar to be honest, probably a few nice meals ...

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Head to Shree Thaker Bhojanalay in Dadyseth Agiary Lane, Kalbadevi, and treat yourself to a thali ... It's 500 Rs. on a weekday (weekends 600 Rs., for the extra sweets), it's worth it. Among the top thalis - or possibly the best - in Mumbai.

Other great thali places are Revival and Maharaja Bhog, though at Revival I've had the occasional flop.
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Originally Posted by Videshi Babu View Post Head to Shree Thaker Bhojanalay in Dadyseth Agiary Lane, Kalbadevi, and treat yourself to a thali ... It's 500 Rs. on a weekday (weekends 600 Rs., for the extra sweets), it's worth it. Among the top thalis - or possibly the best - in Mumbai.

Other great thali places are Revival and Maharaja Bhog, though at Revival I've had the occasional flop.
You are the second person to recommend it, so definitely will try to include it on my return to Mumbai towards the end of my trip. (Now in Delhi... any food tips for here )

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Try Roshan di Gulfi in Ajmal Khan Road, Karol Baug. Their Bhature-Chole and Alu di tikki are heavenly. And made in pure ghee as they proudly claim. Their bhaturas are stuffed with paneer, methinks.

There used to be a roasted sweet potato chat vendor next to Delight cinema. Lone man with his produce in a basket balanced on a stand. Atleast 30 years back. We used to line up in our suits, no less, to the mirth of the people around.
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Delhi. Tuesday 30th October.

I arrived in Delhi this morning, after an overnight train journey from Mumbai. It feels a lot cooler here, but only by comparison to Mumbai, it is not exactly chilly.



Waiting to board the Rajdhani at Mumbai Central. The trolley is delivering dinners for the journey.

We get a free bottle of water per passenger too!



This is what the inside of my 2A/C (second class air conditioned) coach looks like.
To the right hand side there are two berths one above the other which lie in the direction of travel, the lower seat also converts to a bed, and to the left there are 4 berths across the coach, two lower and two above. The right hand side berths have individual curtains to close, the ones with 4 together just have large floor to ceiling curtains to close off the corridor, but all 4 berths are open to each other. Clean packaged sheets and a towel are provided for each passenger.



On Rajdhani trains meals are included. First up is a bottle of water, then a snack of samosa, and a few biscuit or popcorn type items with a cup of tea. One gets a "tea kit", which contains a tea bag, sugar and powdered milk. The attendant brings a flask of hot water and a paper cup. A coffee kit is also available.



I chose the "veg" option for my main meal, which consisted of rice, chapatti, dal, a paneer (cheese) curry, and some curd. There was a pudding dish and a dry vegetable dish which I did not try. I enjoyed the meal very much.



Sadly the train trip was slightly spoilt for me by having a very "entitled" couple opposite, who harassed the train staff with complaints and seemed not to be aware that there were other people on the train at all! What type of moron decides to watch a video on their phone at full volume at 4am? Anyway, you get the picture.

A repeat of the "tea kit" and a couple of digestive biscuits arrive around 6.30am, and the main breakfast, in my case an omelette, at about 7.15am.

The train toilets were fine, (tourists always seem to want to know...) and I found these two notices quite amusing...



Not sure what constitutes an emergency, possibly a stubborn "floater"?

I did not get much sleep on the train, so have just been relaxing at the hotel today, it is noticeably cooler here today.

One small tip, if you are looking for the pre-pay taxi or auto booth at New Delhi train station, there are some brand new ones being constructed, but meanwhile go to the office near the exit to the taxi car park.

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For some shakes go to Shake Square at Connaught Place. Have Chole Bature at Sita Ram Diwan Chand at Chuna Mandi, Paharganj.



Have butter chicken at Have More at Pandara road.

Yeti - The Himalaya Kitchen at Hauz Khas

Have a thali at Karnataka Bhawan / Andhra Bhawan.
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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post You are the second person to recommend it, so definitely will try to include it on my return to Mumbai towards the end of my trip.

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Good. A note: They're closed Monday evenings. My favourite days are Monday (noon), Wednesday and Friday, because they serve the best Puranpolis you'll ever eat. All unlimited. And they pour lots of ghee on ... heaven.

Wednesday noon they also serve the best Patra (a Gujarati dish) on the planet. I've never had better.
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Be careful who you mix with in Delhi. Falling in with the wrong crowd could be very bad for your health.

...Resulting in putting on a great deal of weight! You can find the sort of people I'm talking about posting in the Lunch thread!

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Welcome to Delhi, Ed.

in addition to the food recommendations above I suggest:

Chhole Bhature (fried bread with spicy chick peas) at Nathu's Sweets in Bengali Market, not far from Connaught Place. You should also try their chaaat ( crispy things smothered in yoghurt and chutney) , Tikki (potato cakes served with chickpeas and/or yoghurt/chutneys), gol gappe (must try it if you haven't already).

All typical Delhi snacks. Very delicious.

For more heavy Mughlai fare, try Kareem's in Old Delhi for their korma and seekh kebab. For heavy North Indian food visit Gulati's in Pandara Market. It is along India Gate. Butter Chicken in Moti Mahal, Darya Ganj, is legendary but not much of their other stuff is anything to speak of. Another couple of decent options in CP are Minar and Embassy.

Have a good stay and please buy a pollution mask!
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Now you would'nt take the opinion of a Trumpette, who have never set foot outside of Biloxi, on the efficacy of Brexit. So why would you follow advice of one who never dined in Dilli

If you are still in Dilli - No culinary experience is complete without a walk around Old Dilli the Chawri Bazar, Chandni Chowk area. Specially
  • Dahi Bhalle at Natraj, on ChandniChowk
  • Jalebi at Jalebiwale also in ChandniChowk
  • BedemiPuri and Alu subzi at Shyam Sweets in Chawri Bazar
  • Kabab at Al-Jawahar Opp Jama Masjid
  • Daulat ki Chaat - Dabri Kalan in ChandniChowk
  • Chole Kulche from Lotan Chole Kulche Wale in Chandni Chowk
  • Moong Daal halwa at Churuwala Marwari Sweet, in Chandni Chowk

Then there is Matamaal the only authentic Kashmiri Pandit cuisine in all of NCR !

And.. if you want to sample brews from 8 brewpubs, all in a square, head to Leisure Valley closest to IFFCO Chowk Metro in Gurgaon !
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I ate prawn tempura in Delhi once. It was supposed to be a Japanese restaurant with a touch of China, but the side dishes were decidedly desi.
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No one has mentioned Majnu ka tila for nice Tibetan and Nepalese food. Good place to go when you want a change from Indian. Better vibes than Pgunj and very reasonable.
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Delhi. Weds 31st October

I always have quite mixed feelings when I see the date 31st October... For many years I ran a shop which hired out and sold all manner of party costumes, in the UK this is known as a "fancy dress shop".
Halloween was the start of our busy season, and I was usually exhausted and very glad to shut the doors after the last witch, wizard or ghost had left the shop.

Feel quite relaxed this year, not a spook in sight in Delhi. I slept well last night, and after several cups of tea I ventured out this morning for a look around. My hotel is in Paharganj, a crowded area of side streets, small shops and stalls, quite close to New Delhi train station.

Walking down the Main Bazaar road, I found an area with lots of fruit stalls, and indeed much else for sale.



I am the Egg Man...



I spotted several stalls selling these strange "fruits", not at all sure what they are?



Lots of people buying long sugar canes with the leaves still attached, funny to see these being carried by passenger in a cycle rickshaw. I assume they are something to celebrate Diwali, rather than to consume.



Walking on I came to Connaught Place, and ran into the usual touts of course. No problem, but I felt sorry for one or two tourists who seemed to think having a polite chat with touts was the way to get rid of them.

A mock up of an American car, advertising "Detroit" shop... and a selfi opportunity for me.



I wanted to exchange some currency, which I did, not a great rate though, damn Brexit!

Quite a "smoggy" atmosphere today, not great for sightseeing.

Thanks to all for the recommended places to eat!

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